• How Long Does it take to get Employment Pass in Singapore

An employment pass is one of the many preferred working visas available in Singapore. The employment pass allows foreign expatriates to live and work in Singapore with a starting salary of only SGD$ 4,500. Besides living and employed in Singapore, the employment pass holder is also permitted to start a business in Singapore, hassle free.

What is the timeline for an Employment Pass application?

The standard timeline needed for MOM to assess the initial application submitted will be 1 to 3 weeks. Some might take longer, depending on the case.

However, with recent events where the Singapore Ministry of Manpower (MOM) begin tightening the requirement for a candidate to qualify holding an Employment Pass and at the same time, decreasing the quota for foreign expatriates, it can lead to nearly 6 to 8 weeks (estimate of 2 months) for MOM to give an outcome for the application made.

What is the standard procedure to apply an Employment Pass?

All Employment Pass  applications are made electronically to Ministry of Manpower. There are two situations for an Employment Pass application.

Employment Pass applied by Employer:Employment Pass applied by agent – Paul Hype Page
NAThis situation is if you wish to incorporate a Company and apply an EP

5 days incorporation

Day 1) Register an account on our patented platform. Fill up our incorporation and/or employment pass form.

Day 5) After compliance team approval, Incorporate the company with our nominee services

Employment Pass application (3 weeks to 3 months)
Day 1 – Retrieve candidate personal information

Day 3 – Compile all documentation, review, and proceed with submission

Week 3 – If additional documents are required, prepare them accordingly and submit

Week 8 – Outcome from MOM

Day 1 – Retrieve candidate personal information

Day 3 – Compile all documentation, review, and advise client on potential additional documents that are needed to support the application. Proceed with application once client confirms

Week 3 – If additional documents are required, advise client on the needful documents required from their part, compile and assist to prepare them according to MOM guideline. Proceed with submission once client confirms

Week 8 – Outcome from MOM

Note: If the application is rejected, we will contact MOM officer to understand the reasoning and prepare the appeal documents accordingly

Note: If the application is approved, you are considered a local resident director. Hence, no longer needing the nominee director service

In a downturn
The employment pass is valid as long as your contract with the employer exist. The pass might be revoked, and you will have 30 days to remain in Singapore via Short-Term Visit Pass (STVP) before leaving the country.The validity of the employment pass remains as long as you continue renewing it. After 3 years, you may also opt for PR application.


Does Employment Pass Holder pay CPF?2020-11-16T09:25:37+08:00

No, an Employment Pass Holder does not pay CPF. 

What happens if I forget to renew my Employment Pass (EP)?2020-11-16T09:25:04+08:00

You must apply for a new EP if you forget to renew your EP before the deadline. 

How can I check if my employment pass is valid?2020-11-16T09:25:13+08:00

You can either use the SGWorkPass app or the eServices to check your employment pass validity.

Is there any quota for employment pass?2020-11-16T09:23:36+08:00

No, there is no quota for the employment pass. 

Can someone who has had an EP cancelled apply for another one?2020-07-02T15:11:48+08:00

There is no law which stipulates that one who has had an EP cancelled cannot apply for another.

Which countries are the most common destinations for those leaving Singapore?2020-07-02T15:11:26+08:00

The five countries which are the preferred destinations of those leaving Singapore are Malaysia, Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Indonesia. These countries account for over 200,000 of the people who leave Singapore every year.

What is Singapore’s net migration rate?2020-07-02T15:10:03+08:00

According to the latest statistics, Singapore’s net migration rate is 13.1. This means that on average, out of every 10,000 people in Singapore, there will be 131 more people entering the country than leaving it. 

Can those who have had their EP application rejected apply for any other work visas of Singapore?2020-07-02T10:29:34+08:00

There are no laws that bar one who has experienced an EP application rejection from applying for other work visas. EP application rejections pertain specifically to the EP. Thus, one who has had an EP application rejected but fulfills the criteria for other work visas may apply for those. 

Are there any work visas in Singapore other than the EP?2020-07-02T10:28:40+08:00

The Singaporean government considers it important that all foreigners who work in the country do so with a valid work visa. Thus, it offers a variety of work visas for those who plan to work there. Such work visas besides the EP include the S Pass, Entrepreneur Pass (EntrePass), and Personalized Employment Pass (PEP).

Why does the Singaporean government offer various Visa Types?2020-06-23T09:58:23+08:00

People of various educational levels, skill levels, and salaries are interested in moving to, living in, and working in Singapore. These differences prevent the same visa from being used for every foreigner who plans to work in Singapore. Thus, to overcome this potential problem, the Singaporean government must offer different types of visa to cater to the needs of as many foreign workers as possible.

Can anyone from any country receive an Employment Pass?2020-06-23T09:55:25+08:00

The current regulations regarding the Employment Pass do not bar anyone from receiving one on the basis of nationality. Anyone who meets all of the relevant criteria may receive it. Therefore, any eligible person from any country may receive an Employment Pass. 

Application Status for your Employment Pass

You may check the status of application online via this link and no log in is required. The status might varies depending on the stage of the application:

  • Pending.
  • Pending inputs from vetting agencies. Expected outcome is 2 months from the Date of Application.
  • We need inputs from other agencies to process this application. In most instances, the outcome will be available in 4 weeks’ time. Some cases may take longer.
  • Approved/Rejected

Once MOM has received the input they required from other agencies or from vetting agencies, they will then need to verify the documents further before concluding the outcome.

Once the application is approved, an In-Principal Approval (IPA) letter will be issued with a validity of 6 months. You can use the time given to plan your journey to relocate to Singapore.

Note: It is not advisable to make prior relocation plans until you are given the IPA letter
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What if my Employment Pass application is rejected?

In the case that your application is rejected, you may submit an appeal within the next 3 months from rejection date.

Once an appeal is submitted, MOM usually requires 3 to 6 weeks to assess the supporting documents submitted. Some might take longer, depending on the case.

Note: No exact timeline can be given as it varies by cases.

If your application is stuck at the initial process and if it is more than a month, your only alternatives are: 

1. Hold on

2. Terminate/Cancel the EP application

Our thoughts

An employment pass application can be a lengthy procedure, especially with the current situation where MOM scrutinize each application vigorously.

However, as an agent who deals with an Employment Pass application on a daily basis, we can communicate directly with the MOM officer and put in a chaser if the application prolonged after the cut off date of 3 weeks.

This chaser will put the application as a priority for MOM officer to conclude and gives an outcome.

2021-11-01T09:39:41+08:00February 27, 2019|

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2 Discussions

  1. Hazel October 28, 2021 at 9:06 pm - Reply

    How long does it take for an isssued employment pass card to reach foreign talent from the day it is ussued?

    • Paul Hype Page October 29, 2021 at 2:52 pm - Reply

      Hi Hazel,

      It will take approximately 7 working days to reach the address provided after card issuance procedure at MOM office.

      If you require employment pass application or renewal, feel free to reach out to us on WhatsApp and we’ll be happy to discuss further.

      Best Regards,

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